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Call types

VLIR-UOS is committed to offer both junior and experienced academics the relevant tools and opportunities to contribute to academically inspired, science-driven societal  change in a rapidly changing and challenging world. Through partnerships between higher education institutes in Flanders and in partner countries, we are connecting higher education institutions to wider society.

Project funding

We offer various project calls within the framework of VLIR-UOS new five-year programme (FYP2), guided by the new ambitions and lessons learned from Covid-19. More than ever, the pandemic highlighted the importance of science and international cooperation to address global and local problems, with data and digitalisation creating new opportunities for equal partnerships.

Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is still our main reference point with the aim of meaningfully mainstreaming the 3 SDG principles of leaving no one behind, interconnectedness and multi-stakeholder partnerships. The focus of Agenda 2030 on meaningful impact through multi-stakeholder partnerships resonates with the FYP2 ambition “Connect4Change” to focus on cooperation among and beyond academic actors (CONNECT), societal impact (valorisation), and collective learning.

Browse through our new calls and find out how to submit a project proposal for the call of your choice!

Short Initiatives (SI)

Short Initiatives (SI) are short-term projects that aim to explore, build and deepen academic/scientific collaborations among diverse teams. SI projects focus on a specific sustainable development challenge. In addition to strengthening research and educational capacities of higher education and science institutions, Short Initiatives create the conditions for uptake of new and relevant knowledge, applications and/or services by all development actors.

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TEAM projects

TEAM projects are medium-term projects that aim to explore, build and deepen academic/scientific collaborations among diverse teams. TEAM projects focus on a specific sustainable development challenge. In addition to strengthening research and educational capacities of higher education and science institutions, TEAM projects create the conditions for uptake of new and relevant knowledge, applications and/or services by all development actors.ty, private and public actors.

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Scholarships

VLIR-UOS promotes diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, disability, sexual orientation, cultural, religious or socio-economic backgrounds, feel encouraged to apply.

VLIR-UOS respects and seeks to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences by creating conducive, inclusive environments for students, staff and alumni to act as critical global citizens.

Scholarships for Masters (ICP Connect)

ICP Connect study programmes are accredited international study programmes organised at one or more Flemish universities. The programmes focus on subjects aligned with the Agenda 2030 and SDG principles. VLIR-UOS supports a selection of 15 ICPs and provides an annual intake of 10 new first-year scholarships for each ICP.

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Need more info?

Contact the ICOS at the Flemish institution of your choice.